This week’s meeting of Fingal County Council involved a briefing on how the public realm will be made safe to access for members of the public in some of the county’s major towns, launching from the June Bank Holiday Weekend, writes Rachel Cunningham.
Swords, Blanchardstown, Skerries and Malahide were identified as locations that would benefit from special outdoor dining activation measures to support the hospitality sector, due to clusters of dining businesses in these locations.
New Street in Malahide will be pedestrianised from June 6th and a walkway will be introduced on Harbour Road in Skerries as part of a redesign of how people move through the area. Outdoor dining spaces will also be established on Main Street, Swords, and Main Street, Blanchardstown.
Other adjustments in anticipation of a summer outside will include additional litter bins, public toilets and public benches, in addition to staff resources in key areas of the county and changes to the county’s Casual Trading Byelaws.
The public will be able to access toilets in libraries in Malahide, Blanchardstown and Balbriggan and the council has installed Changing Places Toilets in Millennium Park, Blanchardstown, with plans to install them at Ardgillan Castle.
Efforts will also be made to promote active travel through the Bleeper Bikes scheme and the provision of additional bike parking facilities.
Public Information Leaflets detailing new measures for Swords, Skerries and Malahide will be distributed to all households in those areas this week, with residents being asked to complete a survey on the proposals at consult.fingal.ie as part of a non-statutory public consultation that is open until May 21st.
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